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Eligibility Requirements

The Basics for Becoming a Ghana Team Member

High School

We accept high school students who will have completed 9th grade through graduating seniors (generally ages 14-18) by the time the program takes place. Students should have an interest in public health and a passion for providing community service. We also require students to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) that may be cumulative or current, weighted or unweighted.

College Students

College students must have completed at least one semester of full-time undergraduate education prior to the program and have an interest in public health and community service.

Other Requirements

All students who enroll in Serve, Learn, & Empower MUST have or obtain the following:

  • Passport, valid for at least 180 days after the arrival date in Ghana

  • Tourist Visa

  • Vaccinations/Prescriptions: all normal childhood vaccinations (MMR, Tdap, etc.) as well as vaccinations for yellow fever and typhoid.

  • Round-trip air travel


Students should be in general good health as the program requires them to be on their feet all day and walk throughout the community in a hot climate. Basic dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets are generally able to be met. Those with severe food allergies should consult with YFI prior to enrolling.

Ghana Team Members and the Community

The vast majority of schools in the U.S. require students, especially those in high school, to perform a certain number of community service hours before graduating. As a nonprofit organization, YFI is able to sign off on forms schools and school districts have for verifying those hours (all forms from around the country YFI has certified for students who have participated in its programs have stated that organizations must be nonprofit).

The Serve, Learn, & Empower program includes 80 service hours.

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